I think everyone is guilty of the occasional “selfie,” but before the term was coined, people were still figuring out ways to snap a candid shot of themselves. Whether it be digital cameras, smartphones, or for the prehistoric ages, film, we are a selfie-taking, picture-posting, media-savvy generation devoted to the promotion of self.
Though this has become the norm in our society, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed that taking a selfie can be attributed to mental disorders.
The APA made this classification during its annual board of directors meetings in Chicago, according to Adobochronicles.com. The unusually annoying act of taking a self-portrait is now considered a mental disorder called “selfitis.” This disorder has been defined as an obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of oneself and publish them to various social media outlets.
Supposedly, the love of selfies makes up for a lack of self-esteem and fills an intimacy gap. There is, however, different stages of selfitis, taking up to three selfies a day, but not necessarily posting to a social media site, is classified as borderline selfitis. Acute selfitis is defined as taking three or more selfies a day and uploading them onto a social networking site.
We all have that one friend who is addicted to selfies (if you don’t have one, chances are, it’s you), this has been defined as chronic selfitis, or, the “uncontrollable urge” to take pictures of oneself and upload more than six self-portraits a day.
Currently, there is no cure for this self-loving mental disorder, so for the moment, we will have to deal with the flooding of your timeline and the constant “selfie Sunday” tags that plague our social media. Pray for this epidemic to come to an end.